PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Quarterback Geno Smith ran for the eventual game-winning score late in the fourth quarter Saturday, propelling No. 24 West Virginia to a 41-31 win over Rutgers.
West Virginia (6-2, 2-1 Big East) grabbed the lead for good with 6 minutes remaining when Smith led an 11-play, 89-yard drive all the way down to the Rutgers 1-yard line.
Trailing 31-28, the Mountaineers elected to go for the touchdown rather than kick a field goal and Smith scored on a keeper, sprinting to the right corner of the end zone and diving across the goal line for the go-ahead points.
Smith threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
Shawne Alston rushed 14 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Rutgers (5-3, 2-2) lost despite a 235-yard performance from Gary Nova, who tossed for two touchdowns and two interceptions.